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November 28, 2014

How He Became Our Son

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 Welcome to our fourth & final week in celebration of National Adoption Month! We hope you’ve been reading along this month as REAL moms unpack the REAL issues of adoption. (Need to catch up? Read past blog posts>>) This week read along as Lifesong adoptive mom, Carla Shows, shares the adjustment and attachment issues they faced after bringing their son forever home… “It was a humid night when our son’s foster mom placed him in my arms for the first time. I was terrified of that moment, preparing myself if he cried at my unfamiliar, pale face. Somehow, he looked into my eyes and he smiled. In that moment, my world changed.  Though myriad legal papers identified this little boy with our last name, it was really the first year and half home that would make him our son.  I read everything I could get my hands on to understand attachment and … Continue reading

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November 26, 2014

Have you heard about Zambia’s Student Life Homes?

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GIVE the gift of…MENTORSHIP & DISCIPLESHIP.   Student Life Homes are currently being built to give students like Elizabeth a safe, family environment to learn and grow towards a hopeful future. Elizabeth and her classmates are so excited for the opportunity to leave the negative influences of living in the compound and be integrated into a situation surrounded by godly mentors and ways to become involved with the community and grow in their relationship with Christ.    This is especially hopeful a young woman like Elizabeth, because often girls do not have the chance to attend secondary education because of the family’s need for them at home, an unplanned pregnancy, etc  We invite you to join the work happening in the lives of our students in Zambia! Support Zambia’s Student Life Homes… $100 covers daily operating costs for 4 homes $816 supports a student for 1 year Until December 31st, your … Continue reading

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November 24, 2014

1 Bed = 2 Beds {Honduras Dorm Project}

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 Buy a Bed! {$100}Building Better Housing to Provide Better Education As the students at Tree of Life in Honduras turn in for the night, their quarters have become crowded due to the continued influx of students in need. The hot, humid rooms with tight walkways full of book bags and other belongings, are making their living space uncomfortable.  In an effort to provide a bed for each of our 578 students, plans to remodel and build are underway to give our students a more comfortable living space. The total project will cost $865,000!  For each student to have their own bed, 300 new beds are needed!  And now until the end of the year your gift is doubled!  So your gift of $100 actually becomes $200.  Or a gift of $1000 becomes $2000. That’s 20 beds! Learn more>>    Until December 31st, your gift towards the Honduras Dorm Project will be MATCHED … Continue reading

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November 21, 2014

When Infertility and Adoption Collide

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Welcome to week three of our celebration of National Adoption Month! We hope you’ve been reading along this month as REAL moms unpack the REAL issues of adoption. (Need to catch up? Read past blog posts>>) Join us this week as guest blogger & adoptive mom, Rebecca Marquart, shares her family’s journey of adoption and infertility… There were so many things my husband and I didn’t know before we decided to grow our family. We didn’t know how incredibly hilarious preschoolers are. We didn’t know that although a child may be potty “trained,” they might choose not to exercise that skill. We didn’t know how innocently a child can love and how quick they are to forgive. We also didn’t know how intensely angry and out-of-control that same child could be! We didn’t know about the Wild Kratts or Angelina Ballerina. We had no idea about car seat laws. We … Continue reading

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November 19, 2014

Help Orphans Become Sons & Daughters

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Did you know that 23 families were given adoption support through last year’s Gifts of Purpose catalog? Imagine the impact each of those gifts had on a child’s life, helping them to finally experience the love of a forever family. A child like Tessa, pictured above with her parents, Quentin and Jessica McCuiston. Because of faithful friends and family, their church and a catalytic matching grant, they were able to cover almost all of the adoption expenses they incurred, overcoming the financial hurdle that often prevents couples from starting or completing the adoption journey. The McCuiston family is just one story in a sea of stories with the same beautiful ending: a child being placed in a permanent Christian family because of the love and support of the community of believers. It doesn’t get much better than that! We invite YOU to be part of the community that is helping … Continue reading

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November 17, 2014

2015 Empowered to Connect Conferences

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What a better way to finish up the last week National Adoption Month then to talk about the amazing resources offered through Empowered to Connect, especially their two day conferences designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. You can learn more at www.empoweredtoconnect.org/conferences  What attendees have said about the Empowered to Connect Conference: Attending the Empowered to Connect Conference was a truly eye-opening and encouraging event!  All of the speakers took us back through their successes and failures in parenting children from difficult places and it was truly encouraging to know we are not alone! The conference was a weekend full of great information for parents, ministry leaders and anybody looking to work with children who have come out of difficult circumstances. … Continue reading

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November 14, 2014

Lessons God Taught Me On The Bathroom Floor

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Welcome to week two of our celebration of National Adoption Month. I hope you read along last week as we heard about the reality of post-adoption depression. This week, we are honored to have guest blogger & Lifesong Adoptive mom, Nicole Schmidt, talk about the struggles they faced after bringing older children into their home and the lessons God taught her… Our entire adoption process, we held the verse in Ephesians close to our hearts.  In LOVE, He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of HIS glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the beloved. After about a year and half long process and we boarded a plane to go pick up our boys in Ethiopia. We were ecstatic! Our entire process we had prayed this simple prayer. God, show us your radical love—help us … Continue reading

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